FOR APRIL 4, 2016
I was saddened to hear of the death of Joe Garagiola [SCORECARD]. My favorite games were when he teamed up with Vin Scully, another class act. Joe's passing is a reminder to me that this is Vin's last year of broadcasting. I guarantee you I will not miss any of his games.
Russ W. Bill, Fountain Valley, Calif.
I was amazed that your piece on Tiger Woods did not bring up the one thing that has been obvious since he came on the Tour: His swing is too hard, and it has damaged his body.
Dick Thorp, Maplewood, Minn.
I appreciated that Alan Shipnuck didn't merely trash Tiger for his extramarital activities but showed his human side, his mistakes and his regrets, in assessing where he is now. I was reminded of an old saying: Ego leads to suffering, but only suffering can tame ego. Woods is a work in progress, just like the rest of us.
Bryan J. Morrissey, Hingham, Mass.
Prospects like Anthony Molina and Riley Pint don't need Perfect Game to ensure their baseball careers (Under the Gun). To the contrary, organizations like Perfect Game need Molina and Pint. Showcasing such promising young talent at their so-called extravaganzas helps them extract thousands of dollars from parents with kids who have no real chance of making it to pro ball. That's the real tragedy.
Norm Laforet, London, Ont.
After reading what each NL pitcher had to say about batting, I now believe most pitchers could care less if they had to hit in a game or not. And I couldn't agree more with Dodgers righty Brandon McCarthy: If I'm going to a game, I want to see the best hitters at the plate.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
Your story about pitchers and hitting today brought back memories of hurlers who were actually threats with the bat—guys like Early Wynn, Jack Harshman and Gary Peters, who even batted sixth for the White Sox.
While I enjoyed Frank Kaminsky's perspective and appreciated his play, I question his ability to fill out a bracket. He claims to favor underdogs, then chose North Carolina, a No. 1 seed, to win it all. A close call wins only in horseshoes.
M. David Levy
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